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Patrick McManus, outdoor author/humorist, passed away

Postby tweederjohnson » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:22 am

Not sure how familiar any of you are with Pat McManus' work, but I was sad to discover that he passed away on Wednesday at 84. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, anyone who spent time in the outdoors would eventually be introduced and delighted by his work, and it is my understanding that his influence has spread to a more national audience over the years. His stories about his camping/fishing/hunting etc. experiences growing up are truly hilarious and I think many here at HST would enjoy them.

To name a few of his books that come to mind that I read and enjoyed are:
Never Sniff a Gift Fish
Real Ponies Don't Go Oink
The Night the Bear at Goomba
The Grasshopper Trap
and many more...

Here are some links about his life and passing.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/loca ... 97409.html

https://www.tu.org/blog-posts/voices-fr ... gn=informz



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Re: Patrick McManus, outdoor author/humorist, passed away

Postby Jimr » Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:18 pm

Wasn't he a writer for Field & Stream many years ago? I used to turn to the back page of each new issue first to read the humor that I believe was his. Patrick F. McManus.
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Re: Patrick McManus, outdoor author/humorist, passed away

Postby gary c. » Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:30 pm

His last page articles in Field and Stream were the thing I read first also. I never read one of his books but I sure loved those short articles.
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Re: Patrick McManus, outdoor author/humorist, passed away

Postby tweederjohnson » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:34 pm

Yes, that is him. His books are compilations of those funny short stories and many, many others of a similar fashion. His humor is what he is best known for but he's written in other genres as well--including a series of mystery novels later in his career.

My family had all his paperbacks growing up but I just downloaded a couple on my kindle as they'll make perfect reading material on my backpacking trips. Coincidentally, the title of his first book, 'A Fine and Pleasant Misery,' is an apt description of many of my backpacking trips :)
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